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Lina Is Building a Gypsy Wagon – First Step Arched Rafters

Today I began building my arched laminated rafters. I’m building a gypsy wagon, also known as a vardo. Over and over again I find myself drawn to little arch-topped houses, so I’ve decided to make one of my own.” – Lina Menard

Shedworking blogger Alex Johnson asks… Could you live in a miniature home?

Over the last few years – and especially since the start of the property crisis and financial downturn – the idea that we can be just as happy living in a (much) smaller home has been gaining ground in the USA and there is now growing acceptance of the values of the tiny house movement. […]

Lina Recaps a Cozy Snow Day in Her Tiny House

I love that I get my Weather Report while laying in bed. Last night, as I fell asleep in my sleeping loft at Sweet Pea gazing out the skylight, I noticed that the sky had that pregnant golden-gray glow of city lights trapped by cloud cover. This morning I woke before dawn to the sound of the bamboo brushing […]

Tiny House Design Workshop with Lina Menard

Two years ago I downsized from a 2-bedroom bungalow to a tiny house on wheels. A year ago I downsized again to a 12-ft diameter yurt and embarked upon My 200 Things Challenge. These days I live in a 130 square foot tiny house on wheels and I’ve made space-efficient housing both my livelihood and […]

What Lina Learned from the 200 Things Challenge

A package arrived in the mail yesterday and I added two new items to my possessions without adding them to my inventory. I haven’t been counting since my last inventory of my possessions, when I moved into my Home, Sweet Pea in August with 190 things. But receiving that package reminded me that I’ve learned a lot […]

Tiny House Plumbing Workshop Recap

On Monday, September 16th, 2013 Shelter Wise, Portland Alternative Dwellings, and Bruner Plumbing teamed up to teach Tiny House Construction Essentials: Plumbing Systems. This micro workshop was hosted by Shelter Wise and used the Salsa Box, which was constructed for the La Casa Pequena workshop at La Casa Verde green living festival in McMinneville in April.” – Little […]

Coming Full Circle… and Moving Forward

Two years ago this week I moved to Portland and this week I’m tiny house sitting at the location where my first tiny house was parked when My Tiny Adventure Began. So, in a way, it feels like I’ve come full circle. Once again the raspberries are dripping off their bushes and the tomatoes are […]

Tiny House Construction Essentials: Plumbing Systems

Casa Pequena, that tiny house we framed and wrapped in just 2 days at the Casa Verde festival in McMinnville last April? It’s time for Casa Pequena to be plumbed. Come learn how!

Tiny Open House at Bayside Bungalow

Two years ago, my friend Brittany gave me one of the best gifts I’ve ever received when she offered to let me rent her tiny house on wheels to decide if the Little Life is really a good fit for me. I LOVED the little house and my first Year of Living Little, so I’ve […]

Perfect Packing Weather

It’s Transition Time and I’ve now caught up on sleep enough to tackle the next steps. This morning is grey so it seems like the perfect whether to bustle around the house, organizing and clustering in preparation for my move into the Sweet Pea in Pod 49 on Monday.

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